Presented by Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD,LPC
Collaborative Presentation with the Jung Center
Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:30 AM- 12:00 PM
8:30 Networking | 9:00 Presentation (3 CEUs)
The Jung Center
5200 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
CEU Fees
Active Members: $75  |  Friends: $100
Non-members: $125  |  Students: $25

Are there right and wrong ways to imagine, things we should or should not feel, think, desire? Our greatest innovations, works of art, acts of compassion emerge from the human imagination. As do our horrific atrocities. How we imagine matters. But the imagination is not a tool at our ready disposal, to direct as we will.
Therapists work in an intersubjective imaginal field. Jung suggested that, “Every psychic process is an image and an imagining.” Our imaginations fill with the experiences, conscious and unconscious, of our clients, and those experiences interact with our own in ways that are mysterious and as potentially destructive as they are potentially transformative--for them and for us. Our imaginings of our clients, our fantasies of and with them, come unbidden. Rather than attempting to ignore or control those fantasies, however, we can learn how to host them in ways that honor.

1. To Illustrate the role of the imagination in psychotherapy.
2. Describe ethical models drawn from analytical psychology and the philosophy of  Emmanuel Levinas.
3. Describe cultural and philosophical models of the imagination.
4. Outline key techniques for hosting fantasy with an ethical attitude in the clinical setting.